J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Ruined Castle on Hill. Château d'Arc, near Dieppe 1824

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 249 Recto:
Ruined Castle on Hill. Château d’Arc, near Dieppe 1824
Turner Bequest CCXVI 242
Pencil on white wove paper, 78 x 118 mm
Watermark ‘smith & [allnut] | 18[22]’
Inscribed in blue ink by Ruskin ‘242’ top right
Stamped in black ‘CCXVI–242’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
These are sketches of the ruined Château d’Arc, also known as the Château d’Arques-la-Bataille, situated approximately four miles outside Dieppe (see also D20016–D20025, D20027–D20028; Turner Bequest CCXVI 237–241a, 242a–243). Constructed in the first half of the twelfth century, the fortress was a key site of conflict during the Hundred Years War and the French Wars of Religion.1 In 1589, for example, the bloody Battle of Arques took place there between Henry IV of France and the troops of the Catholic League.2
For other drawings of the Château d’Arc see Tate D20211, D35854; Turner Bequest CCXX E, CCCLXIV 17. See also Turner’s watercolour of the Château d’Arc produced for Scott’s Prose Works of c.1834–6, housed at Eton College, Library and reproduced in Tate impression T04762.3 There are also drawings of the castle at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge and the Brighton Museum and Art Gallery.4

Alice Rylance-Watson
June 2014

‘Le Château d’Arques-la-Bataille’, Normandie Héritage, accessed 3 November 2014, http://www.normandie-heritage.com/spip.php?article734
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.434 no.1132.
Wilton 1979, p.347 nos.421–2, p.436 no.1147.

How to cite

Alice Rylance-Watson, ‘Ruined Castle on Hill. Château d’Arc, near Dieppe 1824 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, June 2014, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, April 2015, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-ruined-castle-on-hill-chateau-darc-near-dieppe-r1174821, accessed 29 November 2021.